The Australian government will be launching two new skilled regional visa routes this year, opening the door to more South Africans who want to make the move. According to Sable International’s Sam Hopwood, there are currently over 600 eligible occupations available to migrants willing to work in regional Australia. These occupations are consistent with skills needed in…

The South Australian Regional Workforce Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) has been designed to address skills shortages across the state. It will assist a range of industries including agriculture, forestry, hospitality, tourism, health and construction to fill critical employment gaps and drive economic growth. The tables below show occupations that are eligible for sponsorship under…

Greens Senate candidate for Queensland Navdeep Singh has demanded an urgent review of the current testing system in place to measure the English language standards for migrants. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a widely-accepted test to measure visa applicants’ English language ability. A good English score in IELTS is often a pre-requisite…

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand is offering permanent residency to all of those who were at two mosques in Christchurch last month when a terrorist killed 50 people, as well as to the victims’ and survivors’ immediate relatives, the country’s immigration minister said on Tuesday. The move, which the New Zealand immigration agency estimated…

ANZAC Day Anzac Day (/ˈænzæk/) is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served”. Observed on 25 April each year, Anzac Day was…

Happy Earth Day 2019 Not to be confused with the electricity switch off called Earth Hour, celebrated in March. Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day now includes events in more than 193 countries, which…

It is evident that approximately about 80 percent of migrants settle in Sydney or Melbourne. The remainder choose the rest of the eastern coast region. Far and few travel outside metropolitan regions. Meanwhile, many regional towns continue to experience population decline and struggle to maintain the viability of basic services. For example, a town of…

From April 17, visitors to Australia failing to declare prohibited items might have their visas shortened or canceled. Australia’s strict bio-security laws prohibit certain foreign foods, plant materials, and animal products from entering the country, due to the threat of introducing serious pests and diseases into Australia, devastating our valuable agriculture and tourism industries, as…

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by British police and carried out of the Ecuadorean embassy on Thursday after his South American hosts abruptly revoked his seven-year asylum in a move his supporters said was illegal.   LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by British police and carried out of the Ecuadorean…

South-west Victorian dairy farmers have welcomed federal budget visa changes, which they say will enable them to secure a more permanent, skilled workforce. Development has been curbed because skilled staff are not available. Changes to the Australian Skilled Occupation List were introduced in the budget, opening the door for skilled migrants to settle permanently, to…

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